A down-on-his-luck music manager discovers a teenage girl with an extraordinary voice while on a music tour in Afghanistan and takes her to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, Afghan Star.

Director:

Barry Levinson

Writer:

Mitch Glazer (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Murray ... Richie Lanz
Bruce Willis ... Bombay Brian
Kate Hudson ... Merci
Zooey Deschanel ... Ronnie
Leem Lubany ... Salima
Arian Moayed ... Riza
Scott Caan ... Jake
Danny McBride ... Nick
Fahim Fazli ... Tariq
Beejan Land ... Daoud (as Beehan Land)
Sameer Ali Khan ... Azam Ghol
Jonas Khan Jonas Khan ... Nizar
Husam Chadat ... Nasim
Taylor Kinney ... Private Barnes
Megan Raich ... Brittany
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Storyline

Richie Lanz (Bill Murray), a has-been rock manager takes his last remaining client on a USO tour of Afghanistan. When Richie finds himself in Kabul, abandoned, penniless and without his U.S. passport, he discovers a young Afghan girl named Salima with an extraordinary voice and manages her through Afghanistan's version of American Idol..

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Taglines:

Opportunity rocks when you least expect it.

Genres:

Comedy | Music | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, some drug use and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Shia LaBeouf was originally cast, but ultimately backed out. He was replaced by Scott Caan. See more »

Goofs

Private Barnes has a right shoulder sleeve insignia (combat patch) on his right shoulder, indicating that he has already completed a combat deployment. It is highly unlikely that he would still be a Private on his second deployment. Additionally, a Private would never be in charge of a security escort detail. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Maureen: [having just finished singing her audition] Mr. Lanz? I'm done.
Richie Lanz: [long pause] No.
[sighs]
Richie Lanz: Forgive me. No. You're just beginning.
Maureen: You liked it?
Richie Lanz: Liked it? You made me want to swallow poison. And forget pitch, rhythm and tone... and emotional attachment to the lyric or the melody.
Maureen: I'm sorry. I don't think I...
Richie Lanz: A grain of sand slips into an oyster... and irritates the bivalve. What happens?
Maureen: A pearl.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Just after the closing credits begin, there is an inset scene running alongside. In it, Bill Murray haggles with a vendor who offers him colored string. The vendor speaks no English, while Murray carries on his side of the negotiation in English only. Murray rejects the string, saying "Do I look like a guy who uses string?", but he wants to buy a stuffed elephant with mirrors on it because early in the movie he promised to buy his daughter that exact item. In the end he also buys the colored string. See more »

Connections

References Afghan Star (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Pashtun Warrior
Written by Wolfgang Funk
Performed by Jalal El Allouli (as Jalal el Allouli), Youness, Adil Meriouch
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I really enjoyed and I highly recommend this. If you liked Good Morning Vietnam you will love this one as well.
30 January 2016 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"From the moment you heard me sing. Since you found me in the cave. Since we were put here on the Earth. Everything in our lives has led us to this time, this place." Richie Lanz (Murray) is a music manager who has fallen on tough times. When he decides to take his client to Afghanistan on tour she freaks out and disappears. Unsure of what to do he thinks his prayers are answered when he hears someone singing in a cave. He really thinks she has the talent to win the Afghan Star singing competition but is hampered by the traditions of the country. This is a great movie. Just flat out great. Not only is Bill Murray good (as always) but the music is great as well. The best way to describe this is a music centered version of Good Morning Vietnam. Funny and smart with a serious topic all holding it together. This is a movie that I really enjoyed and I recommend highly. Overall, if you liked Good Morning Vietnam you will love this one as well. I give it an A-.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rock the Kasbah See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,470,592, 25 October 2015

Gross USA:

$3,020,664

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,394,174
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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